The Cryptic Snapchat Post That Rocked the Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson
New York Knicks starting center Mitchell Robinson shared a cryptic Snapchat post after receiving devastating news. The Knicks announced on Monday, December 11, that Robinson will undergo left ankle surgery this week at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He will be re-evaluated in 8-10 weeks.
Before the announcement, Robinson vented on Snapchat, expressing his inner struggles and the challenges he has been facing. His emotional post shed light on the overwhelming pressure he has been dealing with, providing insight into the mental and emotional toll of his recent setback.
Robinson’s Career Year Interrupted
The news of Robinson’s surgery is a big blow to the Knicks and the rising star himself. The 25-year-old center has been having a career year, averaging a career-high 10.3 rebounds, 6.2 points, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Notably, he leads the league in offensive rebounds with 5.3 per game and all centers in steals, making his absence even more impactful for the team.
Robinson sustained the injury during Friday’s 133-123 loss to the Celtics in Boston. Despite initial X-ray results not showing any damage, he was eventually forced to sit out the entire fourth quarter. This setback comes after Robinson missed 23 games last season with a knee injury, further compounding the challenges he faces in maintaining his career momentum.
The Companion on the Mend
As Robinson navigates another rough stretch in his NBA career, he will have his high school coach, Butch Stockton, by his side. Stockton has been Robinson’s roommate this season, offering invaluable support and companionship during challenging times.
Robinson brought Stockton with him to New York after his wife passed away in September. His act of kindness and compassion has since gone viral, symbolizing the bond and solidarity between the two in the face of adversity.
Their shared grief and the strength they derive from their companionship could become an inspiration for Robinson to approach the latest setback in his rising career with resilience and determination.
Navigating Robinson’s Loss
Without Robinson, the Knicks will look to players like Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims to fill the void. Hartenstein, whose two-year contract expires after this season, has shown promise, averaging 5.3 points and 5.6 rebounds off the bench this season. Sims, while less experienced, has proven to be productive in the absence of Robinson, showcasing his potential to step up when the team needs him.
The Knicks will be tested in Robinson’s absence as they close out the year with eight of their next 11 games on the road. It will be a challenging period for the team as they adapt to the absence of their key player and strive to maintain their momentum in the competitive league. Despite the adversity, this presents an opportunity for the team to demonstrate their depth and resilience.
New York Knicks fans and the basketball community as a whole await Robinson’s return, eager to witness his comeback and see him continue his upward trajectory in the NBA.